They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of K: Seven Stories – The Idol K, K: Missing Kings – Manner Movie, K: Seven Stories Movie 3 – Side:Green – Uwagaki Sekai, and more!
14: K: Seven Stories – The Idol K
Japanese: K Seven Stories ザ アイドルK
MAL Score: 5.72
Shorts featuring the characters reimagined as idols.
13: K: Missing Kings – Manner Movie
Japanese: 劇場版K MISSING KINGS予告映像
MAL Score: 6.51
Cinema intro shown before the movie K: Missing Kings and included as a bonus with the Blu-ray/DVD release.
For those that are curious or looking for not the TL;DR version.
This is just a special one minute long intro before the movie. Chances are you won’t find it online and if you do, congratulations. I highly recommend watching the movie instead.
Story: 3/10. Honestly too short to make a judgment on it
Characters: 4/10. Honestly too short to form bonds with them
Art and Sound: 5/10. Honestly too short to visually enjoy it
Enjoyment: 5/10. Honestly too short to even enjoy it.
Overall: 4/10. Honestly just proceed to the movie. Thank you.
Hope you found this review helpful.
12: K: Seven Stories Movie 3 – Side:Green – Uwagaki Sekai
English: K: SEVEN STORIES “SIDE:GREEN – Overwrite World – ”
Japanese: K Seven Stories SIDE:GREEN ~上書き世界~
MAL Score: 7.13
Sukuna Gojo is a boy who ran away from his wealthy home after becoming disgusted by his controlling parents. Since then, he’s been surviving alone on the streets using an SNS app called JUNGLE, which grants its user unnatural power and abilities.
11: K: Seven Stories Movie 6 – Circle Vision – Nameless Song
English: K: SEVEN STORIES “Circle Vision – Nameless Song – ”
Japanese: K Seven Stories Circle Vision ~Nameless Song~
MAL Score: 7.16
Adolf K. Weismann is sharing a peaceful meal with his loved ones, but as the days go by, some begin to realize that this perfect world where everyone is alive and happy seems too good to be true.
(Source: TubiTV, edited)
While I would love to give this movie a 10/10, it does use some recycled tropse but in a new way that I really liked it. I can’t say much about this movie without giving away its premise, but I highly recommend that for this movie, specifically, you review your knowledge of K.
Many elements of the story hinge on your understanding of K and I felt lost trying to piece together what I already knew (I hadn’t seen K in, like, three years) and what the movie was trying to tell I should be paying attention to.
For fans of the Green and Silver clans, this is your movie.
I’d like to repeat my initial thoughts: that shit HURTED.
10: K: Seven Stories Movie 2 – Side:Blue – Tenrou no Gotoku
English: K: SEVEN STORIES “SIDE:BLUE – Sirius – ”
Japanese: K Seven Stories SIDE:BLUE ~天狼の如く~
MAL Score: 7.31
Gouki Zenjo, former right-hand man to Jin Habari and a survivor of the Kagutsu Incident, returns to work for SCEPTER 4, now under the command of Reisi Munakata, the new Blue King.
I think I loved this one much more. They gave background and much more personality to the blue clan characters, they weren’t given the time to breathe specially with the amount of them and how S1 – S2 was basically everyone was everywhere. But the blue clan has a much better story now.
We didn’t see anything sakgua worthy from this one but I honestly loved the direction vision for this. They played around with more “black shades” you see in Jojo Part 5 and it’s great. I really liked how different they were with this.
Same thing as what I said last time. Great and amazing OST and amazing opening and ending songs.
9: Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion
English: Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion
Japanese: マルドゥック スクランブル 燃焼
MAL Score: 7.36
Rune Balot is weeping and trying to save both herself and a severely injured Oeufcoque from Shell’s assassin Boiled. Luckily for her, Doctor Easter finally shows up in the Humpty Dumpty – a special militarized vehicle made for protecting those in Welfare cases if their lives are threatened. From there they go to Paradise, where the Scramble 09 technology (and Boiled’s rebirth) was developed. All of the secrets of the past of Mardock City (and possibly its future) are revealed in this riveting second part of the Mardock Scramble series, upping the stakes and making Balot choose between justice for herself or peace within Paradise instead.
(Source: the witch of theatregoing)
Mardock Scramble has always had a bit of a problem with symbolism. Its shtick of characters being named after eggs is probably supposed to tie into rebirth, but it’s so shoddily implemented. It’s as though Ubukata read the first page of ‘Symbolism for Dummies’ but got totally the wrong idea from it, like he read a book on how to chop down a tree with an axe but then stuck the axe up his backside and started to gnaw at the tree trunk. The contrast between how blatant the naming convention comes across is completely at odds with the effort it then goes into making it relevant. In the end it all comes across as incredibly silly.
Or maybe it’s supposed to be silly, what with the first half of the movie being spent largely on Balot swimming nude with a homosexual dolphin while jumping through a sort of cyberspace. What the hell this was supposed to represent was completely lost on my mind, not having taken the requisite amount of hallucinogenic drugs beforehand. If it was meant to be a big fat joke though, it goes against the tone of the movie. Norio Wakamoto being eaten by flying sharks was possibly supposed to be hilarious, but everyone looked so stone faced about the event that I just felt confused. Plus why was Norio was relevant too the story in the first place?
What really kills that first half of the movie is that Oeufcoque is nowhere to be seen. He spends a solid half hour in a vat looking like something I threw up after a kebab. Without him, there’s no direction. Perhaps intentional, given that Balot is effectively aimless without her golden mouse, but considering how capable Mardock Scramble had proven itself to be with regular old symbolism, the idea that it could pull off this level of meta-narrative is hard to swallow. That said, once Oeufcoque dresses back up in that adorable little set of dungarees and starts talking to Balot, I finally saw a glimpse of what kept me watching this franchise in the first place.
And then they went to a casino, and suddenly it becomes an entirely different story. The gambling segment doesn’t tie into Balot’s relationship with Oeufcoque, nor does it do anything to develop her character and put her further on the path to redemption and rebuilding. It’s all supposed to be a battle of wits with other gamblers. My guess is halfway through writing this book, Ubukata got obsessed with gambling tricks and had to include that in everything he was writing at the time.
It’s not even a well-written gambling story. A large part of the appeal in stuff like One Outs or Kaiji is being able to follow the events and understand their strategies. When Tokuchi Toua pretends he’s going to throw a certain kind of breaking ball, you can understand he’s done this to give the batter he’s facing something to latch onto which means he ignores all other signs. Stuff like that, you can follow the reasoning and the strategy. With the roulette table segment that takes up a solid 15-20 minutes of this movie, the entire strategy boils down to “can I correctly calculate how the dealer has thrown the ball into the roulette wheel”. There’s some mind games going on, but the movie does a miserable job of conveying what these mind games are. Combine this with how irrelevant the entire piece is to the overall story, and it feels like a massive waste of time.
This story consists mainly of two parts, in my opinion, one part focuses on what happens after the battle Boiled, where Balot encounters herself at some type of scientific/medical experimentation center and the other part focuses on a mission that takes place in a casino.
I really enjoyed the story, it was intriguing and exciting, however, I believe that it is rather confusing as I still don’t understand why Shell would want to kill Balot and what those memories she found were or if she even found them, or why she doesn’t talk about them. Also, it’s hard to understand how the end up succeeding in their mission at the casino. Maybe this is normal though, as this is just the second movie. It was also more slow paced and calm in comparison to the first movie (excluding the fighting scenes which are gruesome). Furthermore, it had a mysterious aura, especially when the characters visit the casino.
The art was outstanding, just as in the first movie. The backgrounds are very inspiring and the characters interesting. I don’t really understand why Balot has to be naked in so many scenes but I suppose it’s fine. I also really liked how the casino was portrayed, so much so that I almost wished I was there because it was so luxurious.
I found that the sound was fitting to the movie and I enjoyed the ending.
In this movie we are introduced to some more characters, most of them seem to be unrelated to the main plot though. I consider this to be positive as we get closer to the characters by getting to know their surroundings and not only focusing on the plot. We see what influences them, what they feel identify themselves with. There is also development in Balot’s, Oeufcoque’s
and Dr.Easter’s relationship. Moreover, we meet another intelligent animal and a cyborg whom Balot interacts with. Finally there is the ruler spinner at the casino who is a very interesting character in my opinion, even though she doesn’t play any important role.
To sum up, I really enjoyed the movie. I didn’t get to feel any of those dramatic, heart aching moments but it inspired me a lot, wishing I could take a glimpse in that futuristic, mysterious world.
Why is that? Well, Mardock Scramble is a true Tow Ubukata Creation, and it shows..in every god forsaken movie of this trilogy..IT SHOWS!
Tow Ubukata does what he does best: putting random, incoherent and incomprehensible scenes one after another and ACT like he did the deepest screenplay ever, while in reality he did nothing but putting hot trash together.
If you watched the second season of Psycho Pass or the Arise-Series of Ghost In The Shell, both for which Ubukata wrote the screenplay, then you know exactly what to expect from Mardock Scramble: random stupid shit that doesn’t make no sense whatsoever and character-exploration/development retarded as it gets. Plus uninspired and boring scenrey.
Mardock Scramble is yet another example of what a non-talented and horrendous writer Ubukata is.
8: K: Seven Stories Movie 1 – R:B – Blaze
English: K: SEVEN STORIES “R:B – BLAZE -”
Japanese: K Seven Stories R:B ~BLAZE~
MAL Score: 7.40
Lately, the stress of having to constantly keep his destructive power under control is causing the Red King Mikoto Suoh to become unstable. Meanwhile, Reisi Munakata is chosen by the Dresden Slate to become the new Blue King.
Story 7/Characters 6:
This is an fair 7/6. It’s an backstory which means entirely based on giving the side characters and others an full in depth character development. The story based on how Mikoto was somewhat terrified the powers he was given, and the incident between the old Kings he kept seeing in his dream. Munakata had more development with showing multiple scenes of his background, and there was an focus on the Red Clan having to deal with small fries acting up and causing trouble between the Blue Clan which causes an quick clash between the Kings. The characters don’t go through much development since It shows more inside into Mikoto and Reisi which we kinda know about them already. But the other movies give better character development than the first one. The movie was based on the ideologies of Mikoto and Reisi the responsibly of controlling your powers as we see in the seasons before how overuse of the power can lead to your sword of damocles falling down on you and causing an explosion that can kill nearly an million people.
The Art was amazing, beautiful environments and CGI. It was amazing; each punch and attack was synced in with the music and it was good. It’s outstanding! (Love you Go Hands Studio but quit making Hand Shakers | W’z !!)
The ost is beautiful as always and it has been the best! there are shots where the action is perfectly synced in with the music and holy damn it’s so good. And oh yeah the opening and ending song, angela is great blah blah.
Enjoyment/Overall: 10 – 8:
Yeah, you know I am just gonna say I bloody love it! It had it’s flaws and It’s really hard to pack in their believes and values all in a single movie but it was damn good.
But let’s get back on topic.
It has been several years since the last K anime came out and I got to admit I missed it a lot. Seeing how it all started with Suoh and Munakata really made me reminiscent. Making us the viewers understand Each of their ideologies just in one hour episode is usually hard to accomplish, however the studio and director do a good job of that. A very exciting story, which by the end of movie 1, makes me want even more.
The art in K is TOP NOTCH, I would compare it to the quality of the Fate series and OPM from Madhouse. The atmosphere is vibrant and the character design design is really well made, the fight animations are fluid and I cannot see any flaw in this department. You can see the love of the studio for this anime.
What can I say about the sound, this anime has an incredible OST, but the first thing that made me watch it, was the Seiyuus. I mean are the best seiyuus in the industry, aside from Ootsuka Akio and Kamiya Hiroshi, you have Tsuda Kenjirou, Sawashiro Miyuki, Sugita Tomokazu, Miyano Mamoru, Jun Fukuyama and the list goes on with indrustry heavyweights. As always the music is provided by Angela.
Enjoyment and Overall
It is a definite must watch, if some people nitpick they can find a flaw in something, but for me the only downside was that it was only 1 hour. It felt like five minutes, the incredible visuals, godly voice acting, story progression and characters really hood you in the world of K.
Where K succeeded in creating an amazing story in the first anime, R:B Blaze almost didn’t have a story. HOMRA has trouble with a boy Yamata. The story around this boy seems far-fetched, as if the makers had trouble coming up with a reason for Mikoto and Munakata to meet. It wasn’t explained very well either, in my opinion.
The aesthetics in this movie were just as good as in the anime. Unfortunately the character art is changed. Characters don’t look the same and for some reason suddenly have ridiculously big eyes. I probably would’ve loved the art if I hadn’t seen the anime, but in comparison it’s worse. The animation is still impressive, however.
The soundtrack remains amazing.
The characters in this movie are mostly the HOMRA members, with appearances of Scepter 4. Each of the characters have interesting personalities. It did feel like some of the relationships between characters were a bit off, like between Mikoto and Munakata, but since the movie is a prequel their relationships might have changed through time.
I really wish I could say otherwise, but this movie bored me. The storyline is very flat. The fighting is pretty impressive, but mostly because of the animation and not because of the story. The movie does get better towards the end, but overall it’s quite boring.
Unfortunately this movie is not what I wished for. The storyline is flat. It is interesting to see Munakata and Mikoto meet, but I feel like the movie could’ve been ten minutes long instead of fifty. The art is different than in the anime. Sound and character are amazing, but it doesn’t make up for the poor story and execution of story.
7: Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust
English: Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust
Japanese: マルドゥック スクランブル 第3部 排気
MAL Score: 7.43
The final plans to finish Shell off in court have been made by Easter, Balot, and Oeufcoque. But in order to execute those plans, they must set foot into Shell’s domain: the BlueEgg Casino in the center of Mardock City, and find the chip where his memories lie. If they can’t find the chip, their case will be dismissed in court, and their “usefulness” will be gone – resulting in all of their deaths. Will Balot find the chip in time, while still dodging Boiled and his now mad search for her and Oeufcoque?
(Source: the witch of theatregoing)
Spoilers for the review (not the movie): I thought it was absolutely fantastic.
The end, you don’t have to read the rest of my ramblings, watch it and enjoy.
Wait… you actually want to know HOW it’s fantastic. Well ok I guess I can do that.
Mardock Scrambled Eggs doesn’t do too much new in the cyberpunk genre, but that’s okay because what it does do is executed fabulously in all three movies. (Slightly less in the second but we’re not here to talk about that one)
Rune’s inner and outer conflicts come to a head in the final movie, and while the resolution of Rune’s case against Shell might seem too short in terms of crime drama or mystery, it fits the themes of the other movies perfectly. These movies were never really about the case, the case was the driving force behind Rune’s mental trauma and character development, and through the resolution of the case here we see how she’s changed from the first movie.
And again the weight of the action scenes falls on the arguably more main of the two antagonists; Boiled, whose feud with Rune and her shape-shifting AI partner Oeufcoque reaches a satisfying and bombastic conclusion.
The action scenes in these movies are spectacular, but few and far between, this a character focused drama first and an action second, it’s not a movie for people who just want explosions and action all the time, might I suggest Ghost in the Shell: Arise for that.
However, because the action is not happening at all times, it makes the action scenes in this movie stand out due to excellent pacing that never leaves any part of this movie boring and doesn’t make you feel a scene has overstayed it’s welcome.
The voice acting and sound direction is top notch, though as I’m not an expert on these aspects I can’t go into much detail besides two key points.
1. the soundtrack is incredible, it fits every scene so well you barely notice it’s there, it never sticks out but always complements the scene it’s in.
2. Rune’s voice actor is incredible; she gave s such an amazing performance that even without being a native Japanese speaker I could fully understand all the emotion behind each line.
Like the first two movies, Mardock Scramble 3 has some of the best animation I’ve
seen, every shot is near perfection, Easily in my top 10 for best animation, the contrast of colors leads to a drab, dark yet beautiful city.
The characters are all very well crafted and enjoyable to watch, with the standout Oeufcoque stealing the show and reminding me quite a lot of the dynamic between Kino and Hermes in Kino no Tabi.
Rune Balot, the star of the show gets a good share of development and by the end you will feel like she’s actually changed and matured as a person.
The other characters are somewhat of a mixed bag with most at the most filler for the cast, though the resolution of Shell and Boiled’s character arcs were quite good as well.
The ending, while left quite open, also felt very final, the openness really only leading more to the cyberpunk nature of the series where open endings are quite common.
In conclusion, I found the series as a whole to be a very smart, well thought out cyberpunk story, sure it retreads old ground but it has enough unique ideas and style to get past that. I would highly recommend them all to anybody who wants a strong cyberpunk drama in the vain of ghost in the shell.
Like its previous predecessors, the film takes place in a futuristic city called Kamina City. The main character of the series is Rune Ballot, a young girl whom suffers a near fatal fate after a certain incident from the first film. However, she survived with the unlikely help of a man named Dr. Easter while at same time undergoing some transformations that alters her body. What makes her existence fatal now though is the fact that her life is still in danger and every day is painful to live in.
The third film directly continues off from where The Second Combustion left off. The Bluegg Casino gives off a feeling of intensity as our characters ventures deep to discover secrets of the past. The casino game itself balances between a bit of psychological warfare with our main character Rune Ballot. Even though she is no longer human, Rune still looks human in many ways. The casino game itself also twists around in a form of mind games. At one point, characters mentions that the burden of winning can sometimes be even greater than losing.
I do give some praise to the action of the film in being consistent with the full throttle execution. There’s the brief road war and quick movements by our action girl Rune Ballot. However, the scenes were presented in such a fashion that it almost felt like it was over in a flash. On a more psychological side though, we get to witness more scenes revolving around Rune Ballot’s violent visions/flashbacks. Through them, it’s easy to relive those grim moments and realize that she is a character created by tragedy. It can make us feel pity for her because of her circumstances although by now, it should be a bit obvious already especially for those who’ve already seen the first two films. There’s also questions regarding Shell, the man responsible for both Rune’s reanimation and near destruction.
The violence returns as well with bullets being fired, blood being spilled, body parts torn off, and scenes of torture in cases. This is directly displayed by Rune Ballot later on in the film with her anger and hatred. Now it seems like that rage is directed at mistakes in the past as well as towards Shell. The result? Self carelessness and more ruthless decisions with unpredictable outcomes. Surprisingly enough, there’s not a whole bucket load of fan service. Unless you count the violence with blood being splattered as service, the amount of skin being shown on screen is minimal. I guess in a way, the movie tries to wrap up the trilogy up mentally rather than visually. Oh and speaking of mentally…..among other emotions displayed in Mardock Scramble is a lack of compassion. This is usually heard from the tone voices of the antagonists. Then again though, in such a violent world, there’s not much empathy for anyone as much as anything goes.
Artwork wise, I do give praise to the movie’s visual standards. The concept of the cyberpunk world is presented clearly to reflect its theme. More than that though, the visuals gives an aura like background with rich details. Rune Ballot’s design is a fusion of both a girl and cyborg and matches the science fiction idea well. Soundtrack is also decent especially during battle scenes and more of the psychological themes in the beginning. At the same time, we can hear a mixture of emotions and sorrow from Rune’s VA Megumi Hayashibara.
Overall, this film wasn’t earth shattering at all. As the final film of the trilogy, the climax did settle a conclusion but it wasn’t something that made me go “wow, now that was worth waiting for”. No, instead it was more like a feeling of completing the series in order to move on. Why? Because the plot, characters, and themes tied together overall wasn’t explosive or lived up to expectations. Ultimately, this film lands a 6/10 for me. It’s only slightly over an hour long though so there’s not much loss to despair over. What I did lose though were my somewhat high expectations. But if you’re a fan of the Mardock Scramble series, then have a blast at this film to finish off this trilogy.
72 were impressed!
18 didn’t know what they were watching exactly…
10 would like a hand drawn car just once…
Mardock Scramble is a series of serial novels starting in 2003 that have been adapted to a host of different mediums. Three OVA movies were made from 2010 through 2012 “The First Compression”, “The Second Combustion”, and “The Third Exhaust”. For the purposes of my review I’ll be talking about all three movies because they’re only 70 minutes each and function as a single narrative.
Mardock Scramble takes place in a dismal dystopian cyberpunk future. The main character Rune Balot is a young girl who has been chewed up and spit out by the world around her. After Shell Septinos her lover/pimp betrays her to have her burned alive she is saved by a government case worker who saves her with an experimental procedure that grants her the ability to communicate through and manipulate electronics. In exchange for saving her life Rune is asked by the doctor who saved her to help prosecute Shell who’s murdered many other girls before while other forces work to try and assassinate Rune.
Rune partners with another character Oeufcoque who normally appears as a yellow mouse but is a multidimensional shape changing entity that came from another government experiment. With Oeufcoque’s help Rune essentially becomes a super soldier, kills a bunch of people, and then plays blackjack.
Honestly the plot of the story here is a huge mess. Nothing makes much sense and there’s a lot of pointless dialogue about philosophy like this is a Fate series story. The only thing consistent is that everything is eggs. Dr. Easter, Dimsdale Boiled, Egg powers, Egg ships, even Oeufcoque means Eggshell in French. There’s a lot of symbolism and attempts at big ideas but most of the story is so rambling you’re left wondering if there was an issue with translation or if the author really knew what they were even trying to say. Tow Ubukata the original author of the novels has a writing credit on the movies so I assume his voice was maintained in these films. Despite rambling on about Adam and Eve and a bunch of dialogue that doesn’t even read clearly sentence to sentence there is an overarching plot involving Rune, Shell, and Dimsdale Boiled, the previous partner of Oeufcoque. Things happen, there’s a beginning middle and end so that’s good.
The tone and setting of the world leave the viewer in an unusual place. The world the characters live in is an abysmal place where young girls are killed and butchered for parts. Psycho’s keep collections of human fingers grafted onto their own bodies, government case workers “solve cases” by shooting defendants in the head in the parking lot behind the court house, but society is apparently still structured enough that regular cops are shocked by finding out a girl became a prostitute because her father raped her when she was 12? The world didn’t feel lived in or believable and often came across as more comedic than anything.
Despite my gripes there’s a lot to be enjoyed from the films if you want a visual spectacle. The movies have a very unique style with odd angles, use of bloom, and interesting iridescent filters. The action is high octane Devil May Cry meets Kingdom Hearts spectacle and feels like appropriate payoff to all the sitting around you do. While some CG car driving scenes feel like you’re watching a cutscene of Midgar from Final Fantasy 7 (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) most of the shots in the films are artistic and interesting.
I don’t feel like Mardock Scramble should be heralded as a must watch classic, but the distinctive style and surrealism of the experience will leave a memorable impression on anyone who’s watched it.
6: K: Seven Stories Movie 4 – Lost Small World – Ori no Mukou ni
English: K: SEVEN STORIES “Lost Small World – Outside the Cage – ”
Japanese: K Seven Stories Lost Small World ~檻の向こうに~
MAL Score: 7.44
Misaki Yata is a youth whose reckless and immature attitude has led him to be shunned by his classmates. Saruhiko Fushimi is a loner who views the world in a pessimistic way. Despite being polar opposites, the two become the best of friends.
Story – Very straightforward story about 2 boys becoming friends despite their vast differences like many you might have seen before, It does not get boring though. 7/10
Art – Its K. The art is absolutely stunning and beautiful. 10/10
Sound – Another great aspect of K, It always had great soundtrack but unlike some previous movies the selection of soundtracks in each scene is better. 9/10
Character – It has my 2 favourite characters from the entire K franchise and they are brilliant in this movie. Every Mikoto appearance is gold and although I didnt like new girl character introduced in the movie that much she was not so bad either.
Enjoyment – As a K fan I liked this movie, It gives us the backstory of Yata and Fushimi which means I got to hear Jun Fukushima pretending to be a girl as Yata.
5: Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
English: Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
Japanese: マルドゥック スクランブル 圧縮
MAL Score: 7.46
Rune Balot is a down-and-out teen prostitute in Mardock City. One day, she’s picked up by an ambitious casino manager named Shell who gives her everything she could want. Renewed by a false innocence, a false past, and now the false life Shell has given her, Balot feels grateful. However, she can’t help but be curious about why he’s done so much for her, so she does some research about his past on a computer. This turns out to be a mistake which will change her life greatly. When Shell finds out what she’s done, he attempts to burn her to death by blowing up her car.
Due to the high crime rate in Mardock, a new law called “Scramble 09” has given police carte blanche to take extreme and otherwise illegal measures to revive crime witnesses. With this in mind, they allow a professor to bring Balot back from the brink of death by reassembling her entire body with reinforced synthetic fiber. When she finally wakes up, her confused mental state eventually turns toward revenge as Shell is revealed as her killer.
(Source: Nippon Cinema)
The story follows a young Rune Balot, who as a child was raped by her father. Enraged, her brother then proceeds to shoot the father. As her family falls to pieces, Rune grows up as an underage prostitute, and where she is ultimately caught and put in jail. Enter Shell, the main antagonist of this anime, who gets her out, gives her shelter, offers her his love and support… and then proceeds to blow her up.
Severely injured and on the verge of death, she is then rescued by Dr.Easter , who effectively turns her into a sexy Japanese version of Robocop. She is then given the ability to hack electronics, kick ass, and take names. To bring the crimes of Shell to light, she partners up with Oeufcoque, a highly intelligent electronical mouse that can transform, doubling as; her wardrobe, voice collar, gun, knife, shield, radar, emotional support, and love interest. Effectively putting batman’s utility belt to shame.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, yes this anime is rated R-18+, with themes of rape, incest, prostitution, murder, and impending bestiality. To put into perspective how fucked up this anime gets. One of the villains, is a giant tit sack. . . No really. While his boss, Mr. Pussyhands, gives quite a new meaning to the term “pussyslap”, and takes the act of “masturbation” to a whole new level.
One of the things I can say about this anime, is that it is very dark, and takes itself very seriously. You get a feel for Balot’s fear & mistrust of strangers, her loneliness & desperation, and her pain & anguish. As you begin to comprehend the tormented soul of Rune Balot, you start to get an understanding of what this anime is trying to convey.
A ‘balot’ , or ‘balut’, is an underdeveloped duck embryo. It is a representation of the fragility of Rune’s character as well as her torqued innocence. While Oeufcoque (French for egg shell), serves to protect Rune, both physically and mentally.
This dark and gritty concept, question of morals, and beautiful use of symbolism, makes this an anime I would definitely recommend checking out. The animation is a mix of 3d cg, brilliant slow mo, and fast paced action. While the anime takes very serious tones and displays them in a very serious manner. Which is a nice break from all the mindless violence, gore, sex, and nudity often found in other anime.
I hope you enjoyed this review, and as always, thank you for reading.
(P.S. I wonder what the director’s obsession with eggs is all about though. Dr. Easter, Boiled, Scramble, Balot, Oeufcoque, Shell, and Humpty Dumpty. Now all they need is a character named Sunny Side Up)
Story – Very interesting, but suffered from pacing issues. It moved wayyy too fast and didn’t explain what was going on–or why–very well. Then again, some people may like this kind of vagueness that puts the jobs of interpretation and filling in the gaps on the viewer. If they had tacked an extra 20-30 minutes onto it, they could’ve SLOWED THE HELL DOWN and taken their time.
Art – Incredible, clean, and beautiful, except I’m not a fan of the grain layering they used over the duration of the film. It was different, but not my taste. Watching it on an HD-TV greatly reduces its gravity, so I recommend that.
Sound – Great sound effects, excellent voice acting (both English and Japanese). But there wasn’t a lot of music–and when there was, it didn’t stand out very much. Their take on “Amazing Grace” at the end sounded really nice, but wasn’t appropriate whatsoever for the mood of the ending.
Characters – The two mains were very well-written and interesting. Balot’s backstory was painted very vividly. Her actions are very appropriate for what she’s been through. Oeufcocque has an intriguingly quirky personality, which is interesting to see when watching them interact. The rest of the characters, however, are sadly boring and underdeveloped–even Dr. Easter and Shell (the villain). Hopefully this changes over the course of the next two films.
All in all, it’s definitely a fun watch worthy of multiple viewings both for enjoyment, and to help yourself understand the story. It’s graphic and brutally honest, depicting the world as it truly is. Choice scenes of a nude Balot that would normally be taken as fanservice simply cannot be seen as such–given the situations in which they occur: her being used by men. Looking forward to the next installment. Too bad it was so short.
*Be advised: The sex scenes and nudity are censored in R1 DVD release, and a few scenes were inexplicably removed. Just a word of warning if you’re looking to buy the North American version.
It’s hard to talk about Mardock Scramble without giving out some plot setting spoilers. People might say that descriptions of the plot aren’t spoilers at all, but it does seem a shame to hurt one of the few things this movie actually does very well. The exposition, often a clunky and tedious part of a movie, was revealed in a gradual course of exchanges between the female lead, Balot, and her mouse sidekick, Eufcoque. Asides from revealing how the world works and what the extents of Balot’s and Eufcoque’s powers are, it also builds up the relationship between the two in one of the most strangely charming duos I’ve ever seen. Balot doesn’t exactly think straight, hardly surprising given her past, and abuses her powers for various reasons. Eufcoque doesn’t think like a human, seeing as he’s a mouse and everything, but his mind works off a logic that hauls in Balot and builds a trust between the two. Using the other as a springboard for further exploration, the movie excels in the exchanges between the two that make up about half of the movie.
I did say that this was one of the things that it actually did well, which implies that the movie performed less favourable in other areas. This movie has a lot of grand ideas about how great it is and how it’s exploring themes of depression and sexual desires, but most of it is done in such awful fashion that parts of the movie come out as unintentional humour. There’s a group of underground surgeons towards the end of the movie with a taste for attaching parts of human bodies to themselves. One guy has eyes all over his body, which was probably supposed to be intimidating but really just looked stupid. There was another guy with breasts sewn all over his body like that ghost from the Fat Stocking episode of Panty and Stocking. The rest all equally looked like characters Apocalypse Zero. As for the disturbingly literal nickname of their leader, Pussyhands, the less said the better.
These characters were probably supposed to symbolise humans living out their sexual fantasies, but like much of the rest of the foreshadowing and imagery, it mainly resulted with scenes in various degrees of clunky or stupid. A bunch of the characters are given names related to eggs, such as Boiled and Shell, probably meant to symbolise birth of a new life or whatever, but that was rather eye-roll inducing, like calling the violent villain in your show Vicious or something. There were some more standard problems, such as lots of cryptic conversations that failed to grab the interest, or overbearing level of madness they gave characters that didn’t fit well into the story. Oh, and playing Amazing Grace as your ending song was pretty eye-rolling too.
Not all of the symbolism failed, to be fair, the relationship between Balot and Eufcoque being the best example. Heck, anything good about this movie came about when it was just those two together. The best scene in the movie was one where Balot asked Eufcoque to love her, with the golden mouse’s stuttered retort being that he wasn’t capable of loving as a mouse and that “I can’t just turn into a male human in order to love you”. The scene, asides from revealing a slightly messed up side to Balot’s mind, also shook Eufcoque and revealed we wasn’t quite as assured and logically perfect as earlier scenes had you believe.
(As an aside, I kept expecting Balot to turn Eufcoque into a dildo. That wasn’t just a dirty mind at play in a highly sexualised anime. Balot kept going on about how she just wanted someone to love her, with the only way she knew love in her depraved life was through sex, but Eufcoque kept pointing out that he was just a vessel that was incapable of love and that he was just a tool to pretend she was being loved. See where I’m going with this? Contrast this to our good friend Mr.Pussyhands, who quite literally has sex with his hand. I would not be that surprised if Eufcoque becomes masturbation aid at some point in the later movies)
Again, this movie only ever good when it was just interactions between the main character and her mouse sidekick, the rest of the movie being dumb, sometimes painfully so. Thankfully a lot of the movie was just interactions between the main two, which is enough to keep my interest to watch the later installments. But it’s not enough for me to recommend it either.
4: K: Seven Stories Movie 5 – Memory of Red – Burn
English: K: SEVEN STORIES “Memory of RED – BURN -”
Japanese: K Seven Stories メモリー オブ レッド ~BURN~
MAL Score: 7.62
It is the beginning of December. Anna Kushina’s birthday is coming up, so the boys of HOMRA decide to celebrate by preparing a surprise party for their little princess.
3: K: Missing Kings
English: K: Missing Kings
Japanese: K MISSING KINGS
MAL Score: 7.67
It’s been a year since the disappearance of Shiro, the Silver King; Kurou Yatogami and Neko have been diligent in their search, but to no end. Their investigation leads to a run-in with members of the now disbanded Red Clan HOMRA—Rikio Kamamoto and Anna Kushina—being pursued by the Green Clan, who desire Anna’s powers for their own ends.
Now, the members of Scepter 4 are called upon alongside Kurou and Neko in order to rescue Anna, the mascot, and only female member of the ruined Red Clan, from the enemy’s clutches and hopefully find Shiro using the young girl’s powers. Amidst crisis, the group is forced into a power struggle when the Green Clan threatens to overtake the Gold King’s domain.
The second step in the K Project series, K: Missing Kings, continues the story of a young boy caught up in a psychic war between seven kings, and showcases each character’s struggles after the losses of their respective Kings.
Yes this movie was fabulous but the cliff hanger at the end. The story gave somewhat of a closure on what the anime had left off on Mikoto’s death and The silver king’s disappearance. However, it just left more questions, and hopefully a hint that a second season would be made. I really liked how they brought in Mikoto and Tatara in a scene, that gives you closure on their deaths. It was hard to accept they have died, and it brought me to tears, but you get to see them happy hanging together. I love how this movie introduced a new clan and had some funny jokes mixed in with the seriousness.
The art was beautiful as ever. They had kept the same art style as from the anime and more sparkly effects. It was an emotional thing for me. That it’d been awhile since the anime and here they come out with a movie with the same art style. It was beautiful and seeing it on the big screen, it’s a moving experience. Especially since that was my first anime movie watching in the theater.
K project has beautiful OSTs. I know some of the OSTs played in this movie were from the anime and it was majestic. Again, considering I saw it in theater, the sound was amazing. The audience was quiet, and it was like you were watching it in a dark room at your house. Except for me, the screen was bigger and better sound. The voice actors are original with a couple new ones.
The characters are amazing as ever. The new rival as well, Yukari Mishakuji. He is one smoking hot swordsman. He has a very distinct personality. Very nonchalant and sly type. As mentioned on his bio, he is Kuroh’s former senior. Yata, Mikoto, Anna, Kuroh, Neko, Tatara, Fushimi, Seri, all of the old characters and new ones are fabulous. Though one thing I wished was that they would have made the HOMRA clan more real. The only ones they really put time into was Yata, Anna, Kusanagi, Tatara, Mikoto, and Rikio. I read K:Memory of Red and it introduces the other clansmen in HOMRA. I felt they should have made the other members more than just a clansmen who is just there apart of the team. In the manga, it shows how they all joined, they all are very lovable.
Overall, I love K so much. This movie and anime. The cliffhanger sort off left me like “That’s it?!” It had wonderful animation, beautiful background music, touching characters, and it was just great. I really suggest people to watch this movie. It will give you a huge rollercoaster ride of emotions. Plus also make you laugh.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope I get better at these. I just was really passionate about this movie, I had to write a review. I went to see it twice.
The story in the film follows after not more than a year has passed since the incident involving the Silver King, the Red King and the Blue King. The people of the HOMRA group have since disbanded and got off to live on their own. Anna, the mysterious little girl who used to always hang beside Suoh Mikoto aka the Red King, is depicted as our main character here. She’s seen to be chased by two other mysterious looking guys who happen to be the Clansmen of the Green King. Yes, this is the first time the Green King is introduced as he did not have any part to play in the series. Yukari Mishakuji is the one serving for the Green King and is our main antagonist in the movie. He’s later revealed as a former senior of Kuroh Yatogami who also was the student for Miwa Ichigen. For purposes unknown, Yukari leads the kidnapping of Anna but face off against Kuroh and Neko, who are in search for the disappeared Shiro.
The artwork for this was once again a visual masterpiece as was the case with the series. The CG effects were right on the money too. The voice actors stay the same from the series. The movies uses some of sound effects previously heard on the series with the combination of some of its original themes as well. And it was a bliss to hear the ending song done by Angela.
Honestly after watching the movie, I think “Rebirth of the King” would’ve been a more appropriate name rather than the one it has. Sure it does give us an insight to the never seen before Green King but that actually acts as a sub-plot giving the main role to a more sequel-like story. To fold it off, K: Missing Kings is an absolute must watch if you’re a fan of the series. It’s totally not a recap and has its own very interesting storyline with the addition of some new characters. The film does not have a full conclusion to the story though, as it’s actually not supposed to be one. With the announcement of the new sequel to the K series to air this fall, the movie also acts like a considerably well done prologue to it which means all the more reason to watch it.
Bearing with the loss of their beloved King, the members of HOMRA disband and go their own ways, leaving Yata to spend lonely days at the bar watching old videos Totsuka had recorded, Rikio and Anna spending their days together, other members hanging out and avoiding the bar. However, how long will the peacefulness last?
This film was intended to be the closure to the cliffhanger of the original story and, in my opinion, did a quite good job there. It answered a lot of questions and gave us more insight on the deaths of Totsuka and Mikoto we had already witnessed in the anime prequel. However, I must say I was confused at some points of the film and it made it harder for me to continue watching it. At some points I had to pause and go back a bit so I would understand what was going on. With more questions answered, we just got more questions to ask – Why did this happen? What did this character mean by saying that? What has just happened? I’d say that the story, compared to the stories of some other animes or the K anime prequel, was not well-written and it did not reach its potential.
The art of K stays flawless in this film as well. The scenery, the colours – ah, nostalgia! I especially liked the lightning and the animations of flames and special powers the characters used during the film. The animation is splendid – I re-watched some scenes way too many times!
What could happen with an amazing voice actor cast and the people who did the OST for the original series? This film. The voice acting was beautiful as always and the OST just made the whole thing shine even more. I especially liked the fact that some of the tracks from the original OST were used. There was also a song sung by Anna and I got goosebumps! The only thing that bothered me a little bit is the parts where the background music was a bit louder than the voices, but it can also give it more charm for others. Overall, majestic.
I really liked the original characters and it was really nice seeing them in action again. Some of them got more development and some of them were shown in situations we’ve never seen them before, which was refreshing. The main antagonist of this film really caught my eye and I saw a lot of potential in him, but in the end I ended up a bit disappointed. We never got to see any background story on him or character development – just a plain, shallow character who served to trigger the plot. I wish the creators put more effort in developing him.
As a former K fan, I enjoyed this greatly. It was so nice to see K back again without having to re-watch the original series. There was just enough action, as well as comic relief moments and some moments that could bring one to tears. The music and the animation just make you let yourself be sucked into the world of K. It was truly a magical experience.
Overall, this film was very good. It had a good amount of everything and I’m sure it’d be a nice experience to all of you K fans. I give it an 8 because of the lack of story and character development, but I also recommend it to all of you. At least it’s worth giving it a try.
This story teaches and shows us people at a whole new start, people forgiving and being forgiven. In this film you’ll see people letting go of old, and embracing new bonds that will certainly change their lives towards better.
2: Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2
Japanese: 劇場版 生徒会役員共 2
MAL Score: 7.78
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First off, all I can say as a longtime fan of Seitokai Yakuindomo since all the way back in 2010 (yes, it’s been over 10 years!!), is that it was an absolute joy and surprise when I found out they were making another movie for this series. After all, it’s not often an anime that debuted more than a decade ago gets a sequel, let alone an anime that’s basically just dirty joke after dirty joke. So my sincerest thanks to all the creators (and apparently crowdfunding contributors).
Onto the review – so how was the movie? Quite simply, it absolutely beat my expectations. I went into the theater expecting a lazy cash grab for desperate fans hoping to see our favorite group of pervs one more time, coasting on an old franchise’s legacy and tired running gags, but I am ecstatic to report that I was completely wrong. This second movie was even better than the first movie.
First, I was quite impressed with the framing device for this movie – it opens with Shino reminiscing about old times, with a serious tone, implying something happened since we last saw her. But this framing device pays off pretty well at the end with a great punchline joke (not going to spoil it, but be sure to watch until the very end!!!). So hats off for going the extra mile instead of simply slapping together 1 hours’ worth of non-sequitur jokes.
Second, although I admit that the whole “high school girls telling dirty jokes” novelty has completely worn off by now, the jokes themselves still work and made me laugh out loud a few times, with many smaller chuckles throughout. Yes, many of the jokes fell flat (I’d say 1/3 bad jokes, 1/3 chuckle jokes, 1/3 genuinely laugh-worthy jokes), but when there’s a joke coming every 30 seconds, there’s no time to think about the jokes that didn’t work. This is truly a rare case of quantity over quality!
Third, for those who are hoping for more of the romance angle in terms of Tsuda’s harem, this movie has also got you covered! Plenty of Shino and Hagimura blushing, and some of the other girls also hint at their entry into Tsuda’s harem. People hoping for romance fanservice will get plenty of what they want!
As for the technical aspects, the animation is on par with the first movie. To my surprise, there wasn’t much skimping on the animation like I expected. In fact, a few scenes genuinely impressed me (for example, in scenes with the girls’ hair waving and sakura petals falling). However, they reused the opening, and the music was nothing to write home about, so the sound was just OK.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this movie. It was shorter than I would have liked (less than 1 hour 15 minutes I believe), and a bit disappointed at the lack of a new opening, but I can’t really complain too much when I had a blast during that hour, and absolute nostalgia for the characters who I was unsure I’d ever see again in all their animated, perverted glory.
That being recycling 2 shorts from the 8th OVA of the second season. It’s kinda inexcusable as it in no way ties to the movie it is just there to add time. I can only assume this was meant to come out before the pandemic and they had to scramble after the fact.
the movie itself is fine It is a lot like the last movie which was mostly an extended episode. I got a few chuckles here and there but not enough to ever watch this again.
I am glad I can finally check this show off of my list.
1: Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 生徒会役員共
MAL Score: 7.86
Ousai Academy was originally an all-girls high school. Due to the declining birth rates in recent years, it was converted into a co-ed school. The first year male students would find themselves surrounded by girls and unfortunately, Tsuda Takatoshi is one of them. What’s worse, he gets scolded on his first day by the student council president Shino Amakusa, which did not give a good first impression of him. Tsuda also meets the other student council members while getting scolded, and in the end, he gets late for class. As an apology for ruining his morning, Shino lets him join the student council for various of “reasons” and he accepts it, or rather, he’s forced to accept. Thus begins his days as Tsuda soon realizes that he’s the only normal student in Ousai Academy…
The art is also usually impressive. Art took 3D visual that look like in reality. The art didntt take the scene from our reality world. That’s really amazing.
Sound is great. Tsuda Takatoshi said this anime had 5.1 Sound Surround in it.
A little bit disappointed of a part after the credit where Amakusa Shino whispered something to Tsuda Takatoshi, although we can guess it either their usually dirty jokes or some kind od confession etc.
Looking forward for the 3rd Season.
The story was all over the place just like the anime so one minute they’re on a beach and the next they’re at school before jumping back to the beach trip. You’ll either like it or you won’t but it isn’t confusing. The animation and art was amazing with shifting camera angles and bright colors that pop out nicely you can tell there was a bigger budget than season 2. I did notice that Suzu Hagimura didn’t have much screen time as usual which is funny because she was there but too short to be seen. Overall it was pretty great to watch all the characters say dumb stuff again and hopefully it leads to a season 3.
Story – 8 – Art – 10 – Sound – 10 – Character – 10 – Enjoyment – 9 –
OVERALL SCORE – 9/10 –
The writing of the movie is the same as the show. While seemingly episodic, the SYD cinematic universe is slowly progressing, mostly by means of character development. The jokes were well done, but to me, the most impressive thing about this entry was its unexpectedly high quality as a movie.
The pacing was superb. For whatever reason, SYD* left me exhausted. somehow, it felt like that season dragged on forever. In the movie, the apparent pacing problems are gone- reduced to atoms! By the end, I was completely satisfied. Nothing felt rushed or dragged on. The director absolutely nailed it.
The quality of the art and sound in this movie was unprecedented. The visual gags are still amazing, but the gags don’t break the artstyle, and the artstyle is still as beautifully simple as always. The audio was taken up a couple notches, utilizing “5.1 surround sound”, as they helpfully noted in the anime. They kept the OP in the movie, which was rather confusing given that this was meant to be played in theaters. This time, the OP was given proper, helpful animated subtitles, which helped an English-speaker like myself. “A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one”.
The characters were great. While their individual development is slow, they are progressing to a foreseeable end. As an adaptation of an ongoing slice-of-life manga, this movie doesn’t reveal all of the author’s cards in its runtime (although there is a post-credit scene that perhaps hints at something). The dynamics between the cast are still funny, even after my many hours of SYD consumption. Somehow, it feels like this show can never get old.
10/10. SYD is back, babyyyyyyyy!
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1. Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie
2. Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2
3. K: Missing Kings
4. K: Seven Stories Movie 5 – Memory of Red – Burn
5. Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
6. K: Seven Stories Movie 4 – Lost Small World – Ori no Mukou ni
7. Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust
8. K: Seven Stories Movie 1 – R:B – Blaze
9. Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion
10. K: Seven Stories Movie 2 – Side:Blue – Tenrou no Gotoku
11. K: Seven Stories Movie 6 – Circle Vision – Nameless Song
12. K: Seven Stories Movie 3 – Side:Green – Uwagaki Sekai
13. K: Missing Kings – Manner Movie
14. K: Seven Stories – The Idol K